Feather River State Bank, one of California's most prolific farm lenders, is getting into the leasing business to keep itself busy through the fallow winters.

Officials at the $215 million-asset bank, based in Yuba City, last week signed a letter of intent to purchase EPI Leasing Co. for an undisclosed price. The new company will become a subsidiary of Feather River and be the bank's first meaningful push outside farm lending.

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